KAMPALA, June 5, 2023: In an effort to move towards environmental sustainability, the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) during the World Environment Day celebration at Kololo Independence Grounds.
This partnership marks a milestone in enabling both parties focus on promoting green manufacturing practices in Uganda’s manufacturing sector and related value chains.
Speaking at the event, the UMA Chairman Mr. Deo Kayemba emphasized that the manufacturing sector plays a crucial role in driving economic development.
He stressed the importance of aligning efforts to ensure environmental sustainability while simultaneously fostering industrialization for growth and economic development
One of the key aspects to this partnership is the joint effort in guiding policy formulation. By working together, the two organizations can contribute to the development of policies that promote sustainable manufacturing and ensure compliance with environmental regulations amongst industrialists.
Additionally, the partnership will focus on raising awareness among manufacturers and the general public about the benefits of green manufacturing processes.
The MoU will foster the adoption of sustainable practices, green technologies, minimization of pollution and conservation of resources.
Some of the deliverables are:
- Establishing a national carbon trading market
- Extended producer responsibility
- Introduction of green certification as a market penetration tool for compliant enterprises
- Galvanizing and mainstreaming self-regulation for effective environmental conservation and management
- Establishment of a NEMA compliance unit to augment compliance
- Affinity of industrial establishment in wetlands
- Automation of NEMA processes for transparency and efficiency
In conclusion, the signing of the MoU between the Uganda Manufacturers Association and the National Environment Management Authority sets the stage to collaborate closely and focus on the implementation of sustainable manufacturing practices in Uganda. This will position Uganda to become a model for green manufacturing practices in Africa and beyond.